Colour: at its maturity pink berries.
A variety of “Savagnin Blanc” or “Traminer” this grape is usually associated with off dry, demi-sweet to sweet wines. It develops well the Botrytis Cinerea, and often exceeds 12 percent of alcohol.
Frequency: worldwide 8000 ha surface planted.
Synonym(s): Called “Traminer” in Germany, and “Traminer aromatico” in Italy. It was called “Savagnin Rose aromatic” in Alsace but is no longer used (meaning “Pink Savagnin aromatic”).
Origin: Tyrol (Italy) but recognized in Alsace (France) since the 16th century. Its production of wine started in 1870 under the name of Gewürztraminer meaning “Traminer épicé” (“Spicy Traminer”)
Maturity: 3rd period
Sensitivity to diseases: It is consider as a vigorous grape variety even if it is sensitive to frost and diverse diseases. Also is sensitive to powdery mildew, grey rot, and drying out of stalk.
Area(s) Cultivated: limestone area
France → Alsace, Moselle
Europe → Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Moldavia, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Hungary, Spain.
Worldwide → USA (mainly California, Oregon), Argentina, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand.
Type of Wines Profile(s) – easily recognizable for its softness it has spicy notes. These wines are low in acidity and generally dry even though, when they are late harvested it gains residual sugar. High in alcohol these wines age well. You can find sparkling Riesling wine in Ukraine.
Facts and tips:
- Represents only 1% of German grape production.